by Nova on April 17, 2012

* first up – apologies if you have dropped me a line over the past few days & you haven’t heard back. My computer has had a major whoopsi & is off for surgery later today – I have lost all email (and all everything actually, photos, software etc etc…. you get the picture…joy!) Fingers crossed she will be ok and I will be back on track by the end of the week with emails etc , until then if you have sent a note or a question I apologise for my delayed response but I can’t access them at the mo, thanks for your patience x (any notes sent on or before the weekend are lost so you might need to resend, so sorry)

Anyhoo – on to much funner things than misbehaving computers…

When those 2 clever girls from Sew-Ichigo (aka Kerry & Penny) invited me to pattern test one of their very first designs for them I was thrilled. and a little nervous. I am a total newbie to the world of paper piecing, only recently dipping my toes into the water. But I knew I’d be in safe hands.

I love kitchenalia & the first set of patterns from sew-ichigo is all about the vintage kitchen :) there’s a tea kettle, a coffee pot & a kitchenaid mixer plus a fun label. The girls have also given you ideas for putting your completed blocks to use with tutorials for a cute tote & a kitchenaid cover.

I got to play with their coffee pot pattern using the foundation piecing method.

I made my block into a hot pot holder (I’m gradually replacing my old cruddy& holey ones with fun bright ones!) & after the neatness of the foundation piecing  my wonki-wooness slipped back in! lol!

As one who generally  favours improv sewing & randomly cutting and stitching  I can honestly say, yes it was a little daunting to be entering this world of precision sewing.  A tad challenging  to get my  head around this way of sewing  but with these 2 holding my hand all the way with clear directions, lots of tips (listen to them, they know what they are talking about!)  links to tutorials & cheering from the sidelines I did it. First time. No swearing or seam ripping. If I can do it  you can too :) it’s good to push the boundaries and step outside the box once in a while, you never know you might quite like it there :) I did!

Hop over & check out sew-ichigos first pattern set !

Í’m excited to see what these girls come up with next :)


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Katy April 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

Well done for leaping on in there :o) I love the precision of foundation paper piecing, and I love improv, it’s trying to get precision without the paper I can’t do lol


nicke April 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

i love this nova! you did a great job! love your fabric choices!


Brave New Fiona April 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

that is sooo sweet Nova! Nice work. I love your attitude too. I am totally new to all things sewing and really enjoying learning, trialling, seam ripping and reading other people’s experiences. I’ll be clicking those links too. Good luck with your computer woes. xx Fi


Leila April 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Your block turned out lovely Nova, excellent job!!


Kerry April 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I just knew you would give this the Nova treatment with the stitchy outside! You did such a great job on this, can’t believe you did it first time- don’t tell anyone but I still get the seam ripper out on my own blocks!


Tezzie April 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

It’s gorgeous, well done and I love the colours.


ina April 18, 2012 at 5:14 am

i love paper pieceing…especially like it to use up scraps of fabric!


Penny April 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

it turned out so fun with your fabric choices, Nova! What a fun new potholder!


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